The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907

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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.

SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF OLIVER JONES, AND OF HIS
WIFE, REBECCA JONES.
ADELE B. LOOSCAN.
The following facts regarding the birthplace and kindred of Cap-
tain Oliver Jones were obtained from his grand-nephew, David N.
Harris, a respected citizen of Wallis, Texas. The other statements
are matters of historical record together with treasured recollec-
tions of friends of Oliver Jones.
Captain Oliver Jones was born in the city of New York. He
had one brother, Benjamin, and two sisters, Mary and Phoebe.
The brother, Benjamin, married and had a large family, of which
one son, John, continued to live in New York City, and the others
all moved to the West and settled in Illinois. Some years before
the war between the States, Benjamin Jones made a visit to his
brother Oliver at his home in Texas, and upon his return trip to
New York, which was to have been made by water from Galveston,
he reached the latter place while cholera was prevailing in the city,
and is supposed to have died there of that disease, since he was
never heard of afterward.
Oliver Jones's sister Mary married David Smith, and their de-
scendants all eventually came to Texas. They had one son and
three daughters. Their son, David, moved to New Orleans, mar-
ried, and had four children; during the war between the States he
was lost at sea between New Orleans and New York. One of the
daughters, Sarah Smith, married and died without issue; another,
Kate, married Dorsey Mason and bore him three sons, all of them
dying unmarried except Thomas, who is still living at Galveston.
After the death of Mr. Mason, she married Frank Fabj, by whom
she had four sons; of these, but two are living, Robert, in Wyo-
ming, and Lee, in Galveston, Texas. The third daughter, Mary,
married David Harris, and they had six children, three daughters
and three sons, viz.: Phoebe, Mary, and Emma, Joseph, David N.,
and Oliver Jones. Joseph was among the first to enlist as a Con-

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